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by Allen
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Brand Fakes
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Brand Fakes

I've had 2 clients purchase my instruments after having purchased blatant copies made in Thailand that were so poorly constructed that they came looking for the real thing. That was about 8 years ago now and I've not seen anymore pop up so perhaps they were a victim of their own ineptatude. Anyway I...
by Allen
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke

Hi Allen, Another stunning uke! Just out of interest, have you ever tried dye-ing fiddleback Blackwood? Any colour? I'm thinking a red-dyed front, back and side fiddleback Blackwood with Maple binding uke might look a bit nice! Thanks, GregL. This is the first time I've ever used dye on an instrume...
by Allen
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke

Yeh, SM. Have had the full set of colors for over 10 years.
by Allen
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke

Done by hand. I stained the body black before adding the bindings. Then when leveling them I sanded it all back so just the black was left in end grain. Masking off the bindings and applying blue mixed with alcohol carefully so I got very little bleed out under the tape.
by Allen
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Blue Flame Maple Tenor Uke

I've been wanting to do something like this for quite some time and finally got around to it. Maple body with Australian Blackwood bindings and the rest is ebony. Gotoh UPT tuners, strung up with a low G. Blue Maple Tenor0.jpg Blue Maple Tenor1.jpg Blue Maple Tenor2.jpg Blue Maple Tenor3.jpg Blue Ma...
by Allen
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 12
Views: 10046

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

WEST Systems is extremly sensitive to under or over use of their catalyst, so when making small batches it's very easy to stuff that up. I make up 10 grams at a time. Also the amine blush you get from WEST Systems can be very problematic causing adheshion problems with your top coats. Bote Cote is d...
by Allen
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Rain Drop Figure Koa Teor Uke
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Rain Drop Figure Koa Teor Uke

Had this set on the shelf for 12 years and finally got around to using it. Pink Abalone inlay with Indian Rosewood trim.
by Allen
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrushing lacquer vs HVLP
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: Airbrushing lacquer vs HVLP

Well, I don't spray lacquer anymore but when I did it was Mirotone 3220 thinned with their solvent and adding about 5% and no more than 10% of Ultra Slow or Retarder to the mix. The last ingredient will make all the difference to your ultamate finish off the gun. I always thinned it more than Miroto...
by Allen
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrushing lacquer vs HVLP
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: Airbrushing lacquer vs HVLP

Airbrushes are an artist tool that simply will never apply enough product to the surface. Impossible to keep a wet edge that is critical in getting a smooth flat finish. A automotive touch up gun that is gravity feed would be my recomondation if you can't handle a full size gun. The rest is the prod...
by Allen
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Grants
Replies: 9
Views: 1189

Re: Grants

I did one for the Cairns Woodworkers Guild that was successful. So much work that as far as I'm concerned it wasn't worth it. So many revisions, clarifications, dealing with too many people that continually move and totally change goal posts, only to be sent back to the original person and they sayi...
by Allen
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Overseas payments
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Overseas payments

Thanks for the all the replies. I'll have a look into stripe and transferwise. Direct Deposit from their Bank to yours. This one is prefered by most of my clients in Europe. Allen is this just as simple as swift, bsb & account number via email or on a vincoie or is something else required? Yes, it'...
by Allen
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Overseas payments
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Overseas payments

Well over 50% of all my business is from overseas. There are a few ways of dealing with the fees. PayPal and you eat the fees. PayPal and charge the client an extra percentage. PayPal and have them send funds as "Friends and Family" My preferred method is either of these. Direct Deposit from their B...
by Allen
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Forum section for business
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Forum section for business

I searched your name Steve and you don't appear to be a member of that group. I've forwarded your name.
by Allen
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Forum section for business
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Forum section for business

The reason that there is a Pro only forum I mentioned on Facebook, (and you have to be invited and vetted), is that when you allow amateurs / hobbiests in, the conversation and topics very often strays into the absurd. I imagine this is what Trent's comments are about. Also there are topics as pro's...
by Allen
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Forum section for business
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Forum section for business

There is a very good private group on FaceBook that only allows full time luthiers and a few in the allied support businesses. Members from all around the world and several that are members here. May be a better option for you and any others that would qualify.
by Allen
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Re: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz

I use 45mm width at the nut and 53mm on centre to string spacing at the saddle. I did one out at 50mm at the nut and I think from memory it was 56mm at the saddle for a client that was coming from Classical Guitar and he liked it but I thought it was way too wide for my liking, and it just looked re...
by Allen
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Re: Guitalele / Martin 5 Terz

I've built several Guitalele's on both the tenor and baritone body size. The more traditional one is on the tenor but I think the baritone size with a 21.5" scale suits the tuning of A-a better. All my necks get a CF truss rod no matter the size of the instrument. I use Requinto strings or alternate...
by Allen
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 12
Views: 10046

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

I never leave a "layer" of epoxy. But it's a fine line of sanding so you are just leaving it in the pores or cutting timber off and exposing more pores.
by Allen
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video
Replies: 12
Views: 10046

Re: Updated Epoxy Pore Filling Demo - Video

Same for for all subsiquent coats as required.

For softwood soundboards that don't get pore filled I will sand up to P320 with my Festool fine orbit sander. It gives an effective finish as if you were going P400 by hand.
by Allen
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Website research
Replies: 5
Views: 1348

Re: Website research

My business has had it's own domain / website since 2008. I would consider it pretty much essential to have a decicated name if you are to be taken seriously. You also have to have an SSL certificate installed for that domain or many if not all the web browsers are going to through up a warning now ...
by Allen
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Leveling dust specs and other imperfections
Replies: 6
Views: 6082

Re: Leveling dust specs and other imperfections

It depends on what finish you are using as to what you can go with for sanding grit. Some requite no more than P400 for a good bond. Others can be up at P800 and still work out fine. Just depends on that particular finish. Many used in the automotive trade require P600 to P800 and nothing coarser or...
by Allen
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 2059

Re: Baritone Ukulele

I would never go below 2.0 on a Baritone top.
by Allen
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Baritone Ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 2059

Re: Baritone Ukulele

If you have used a fan bracing pattern and there are "dips" between them, then my experience is that you have taken the top just a bit too thin. I had this problem on earlier instruments until I tried going with slightly heavier soundboard and lighter bracing. I'm not sure what you are refering to i...
by Allen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side sanding dish motor & side bender??
Replies: 6
Views: 1940

Re: Side sanding dish motor & side bender??

I got a used potters wheel on local buy and sell that I converted into my motorised sanding station. I'd never go without it. I hand bend all sides and bindings on a iron and then set the shape on a solid form with heat blanket. You don't have to get them exact when hand bending. The final set of sh...
by Allen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Brisbane humidity
Replies: 16
Views: 4122

Re: Brisbane humidity

My workshop is in Cairns and is 9x6m metal shed with insulation under the roofing metal. I work with 2 large bay doors open to my back yard. Inside when we purchased this place there was a slightly smaller than 3x3m room that I further insulated and sealed with plastic then lined with plywood. This ...